David Ortiz reflects on his speech after the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing

David Ortiz knows that what he said at the first game at Fenway Park after the Boston Marathon bombing had an impact, in Boston and around the world.

The Dominican star and many of his fellow 2013 World Series champions were recognized Sunday in Boston ahead of the Red Sox’s game against the Los Angeles Angels. In addition, “Big Papi” will be the great marshal in this edition of the marathon, which will be run on Monday morning.

Ten years ago, two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring nearly 300. Five days later, the Red Sox played a home game at Fenway in which Ortiz He stood in front of the pitching mound and said, “This is our (expletive) town. And no one is going to dictate our freedom. Stay strong.”

The Red Sox took off from there and went on to win the World Series.

“You know what, 10 years later I can talk about the impact of what I said,” Ortiz said Sunday. “To be honest with you, I’m very proud of the way it was taken. I don’t know, sometimes someone needs to push that button. I think I did it.”

“Right now, I can tell you, the comments from people from all over the world wherever I go. I did a good thing and I am very proud of it,” he added.

The new Hall of Famer understands what it meant to many.

“We ended up winning, correct. It was a real movie,” she said. “It was a real life story and we were all part of it.” Ortiz was the World Series MVP, helping the Red Sox win their first home championship in 95 years.

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